May / June 2011 New Edition

Proposed changes to the Life Safety and Fire Codes; The "Great Boston Molasses Flood"; SCB and OSHA join NFPA to shape dust hazard safety codes; Walking Boston's fire trail.

FEATURES

Boston Fire Trail

A walking tour of notable Boston fires and disasters.

Free Range

A toothsome assortment of education session highlights at this year’s NFPA Conference & Expo promises something for every taste.

Group Effort

CSB and OSHA join forces to further shape NFPA’s industrial dust hazard safety codes.

New Edition

An overview of proposed changes to upcoming versions of the Life Safety Code and Fire Code.

The Great Boston Molasses Flood

The bizarre tale of a deadly wave of molasses that decimated a Boston neighborhood and spurred nationwide construction safeguards.

P.O.V.

First Word

State of independence.

Perspectives

Chemical Safety Board Chair Rafael Moure-Eraso and investigator Donald Holmstrom on how the CSB and NFPA are working together to address gas-release practices in industrial settings.

News+Analysis

In A Flash

In Pennsylvania, a family’s fire tragedy and a legislative challenge to residential sprinkler provisions.

Firewatch

Torch starts roof fire at lumber and hardware store.

Looking Back

Boston, November 1872: A ‘Wilderness of Ruins’

Treasurers Report

The economic environment was fairly challenging in the first half of 2010 but did improve somewhat later in the year.

THE EXPERTS

The 70E Connection

Bidding adieu to the 2* hazard/risk designation.

Research

The ongoing research effort behind the codes and standards process.

Structural Ops

How fire departments can work with sprinkler systems to ensure firefighter safety.

Buzzwords

Learning from an unwanted alarm summit three decades ago.

Heads Up

Sprinkler protection of ductwork with combustible contents

In Compliance

Safe use of flammable liquids outside of storage.

Outreach

How can safety professionals best reach immigrant communities?